What will I learn?

CSULB German is one of the most active programs in the United States, with relatively large undergraduate and graduate enrollments. The students in the program receive individualized advising and professional training that prepares them for prestigious PhD programs and law schools and results in an unusual number of Fulbright and DAAD awards among others.

German offers unique intellectual and aesthetic challenges and rewards that lead to professional skills and intellectual fulfillment.

Why study German?

The German cultures have contributed substantially to our own cultural traditions and thoughts, music, the arts, and science.

German is the native language spoken by more than 90 million Europeans, more than any other language in the European Union. Yes, many Germans, Swiss and Austrians speak English, but in scholarship, the arts, and business, you will always remain an outsider with little genuine comprehension of their culture and mentality if you haven’t learned the language and studied the culture. After English, German is the foreign language of choice in Central and Eastern Europe and many parts of Asia. In South Korea there are more German learners than in North America!

Germany is the world’s largest exporter.
German is the most commonly spoken language in the EU.
18% of the world’s books are published in German.
Germany is home to numerous international corporations.
German is no harder to learn to speak and write than other languages.
German is the second-most commonly used scientific language.
Speaking and understanding German will deepen your knowledge of western cultural history and improve your employment opportunities.
Learning German provides deeper insights into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe’s intellectual and economic life and in its cultural history.
In many regions, including many in the US, Germans account for the largest percentage of tourists.

Career Possibilities

Educator/Teacher/Professor • Event Organizer/Curator • Interpreter • Translator • Lawyer • Librarian • Peace Corps Worker • CIA/FBI Agent • Customs Officer • International Student Advisor • International Marketing Representative • Travel Professional • Social Worker • Linguist • Foreign Correspondent • Immigration Officer • Importer/Exporter • Foreign Service Officer • Community Organization Worker

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,142.00 per year
Costs of Attendance, based on 7+ units per semester enrollment
Start date

20 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Liberal Arts

California State University, Long Beach,

1250 Bellflower Blvd.,



90840, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum GPA of 2.75 in all community college courses required for the Associate Degree in Nursing

For international students

Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum score (Paper: 500, iBT: 61)

IELTS: Minimum score of 5.5 in each sub-section

Pearson Test of English: Minimum score of 43

Freshman application deadline: November 30

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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